If you were starting to teach cursive at an older age (9), what resource would you use?
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My ds will be in 5th grade this year. He just started a couple of weeks ago the 4th grade HWOT cursive book. He just does 1 page 4 X per week. He'll finish by the end of the year and start the 5th grade book. This past year we just used a lap white board and learned to form each lowercase letter. Then I just made up fun short sentences for him to copy on the white board. We didn't do it reguarly. It was enough practice though that I'm pretty impressed with his output so far in HWOT.
This is sort of what we do. Eldest has to do one page spread of the HWT book 3. He can pick to do them when he wants during the week. So far he has never choosen to leave them till the end of the week. He usually has his 4 page spreads done by Wednesday.
I like the fact it is his first subject done indepently.
At the speed he is going it will take him about 4 months? Then I will just have him write his history copywork sentences he does in cursive.
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Don Potter’s new cursive program looks good for right-handed students without learning disabilities I considered switching over to this, since it goes along with the phonics program I use, but the WRTR vertical hand is easier for my LD lefties.
I don't teach uppercase cursive, just lowercase. I teach a compatible manuscript hand for the uppercase letters.
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Right now I write my notes/index cards/tasks to my daughter in both manuscript and my natural cursive (which is slightly deco) depending upon my mood (I'm one of those people whose handwriting changes from day to day), so she has to learn to read my handwriting, whether it be simple, deco, or scrawled. She uses that and imitates my cursive when doing things, but I don't expect anything, I'm just introducing her to different styles, she picks it up though.
So if I was a rigorous classical homeschooler who meant to start it way earlier, I would probably get a simple workbook like Pentime or Zaner Bloser for a bit more involvement. Neither of my options are workbook based, but are more involved in spending time with the student, or the student imitating, rather than rote workbooks.
I happen to be partial to Zaner Blosers workbooks myself (and actually really like their cursive) but, alas, they are hard to get outside of their website, so I gave up on that idea.
I also have Startwrite, which could be an option for you. Its computer software for creating your own handwriting sheets, which means you could choose the cursive you like from the program (I'm not sure whats available, as I stick to a certain kind right now thats close to ZB Manuscript), and tie your handwriting into your current studies.
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